Israel accuses Iran of Cyprus assault plot after suspected gunman arrested

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JERUSALEM/NICOSIA, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Israel accused Iran on Monday of orchestrating an tried assault on Israelis in Cyprus after police on the Mediterranean island mentioned an armed particular person had been arrested.

“This was a terrorist incident directed by Iran against Israeli businesspeople living in Cyprus,” Matan Sidi, spokesman for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, mentioned in a press release.

There was no fast remark from the Iranian Embassy in Nicosia.

Earlier on Monday, Cypriot police chief Stelios Papatheodorou instructed reporters: “A person has been arrested, in whose possession a pistol and cartridges were found.”

“It is a sensitive case, which is why a remand request was held behind closed doors,” Papatheodorou added.

In his assertion, Sidi denied native media experiences on Sunday that described the arrest as having thwarted a criminally motivated assassination try towards Teddy Sagi, an Israeli magnate.

Cypriot media, citing a police supply, have reported that the suspect, who has not been charged, was arrested on Sept. 27 within the capital Nicosia, simply after crossing by automotive from a checkpoint linking the Turkish-controlled north and the southern elements of the ethnically divided island.

A silencer was additionally present in his car, the experiences mentioned. People utilizing the checkpoint on the time reported intensive searches of automobiles through the crossover transit.

Cypriot media additionally reported that the suspect was on the island for about 20 days previous to his arrest and rented two automobiles in succession. They mentioned he used an electrical scooter to journey steadily to the north facet of the island by way of a pedestrian crossing.

Writing by Dan Williams and Michele Kambas
Editing by Jeffrey Heller and Mark Heinrich

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the Ministry of foreign affairs offices in Jerusalem, September 12, 2021. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the Ministry of foreign affairs offices in Jerusalem, September 12, 2021. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett attends a cabinet meeting at the Ministry of foreign affairs offices in Jerusalem, September 12, 2021. Abir Sultan/Pool via REUTERS